Security Management Dynamics
2010-2011 - IMT4661 - 5sp

Forventet læringsutbytte

The emphasis of this course is on the dynamics of security management. This is a much neglected aspect that it is becoming increasingly important.

Security is a highly interdisciplinary challenge, involving Man, Technology and Organization – the famous MTO challenge. Some people would add Economics as a new and important aspect.

Addressing the dynamics of security management provides several bonuses:

  • Understand why many managers fail to achieve a satisfactory state of security;
  • understand why some important security failures occur as unintended side-effects of management actions;
  • and others, such as the increasing importance of employing System Dynamics to manage dynamic complexity.

Emnets temaer

Foundations – Security standards from the perspective of change and dynamics

Introduction to qualitative system dynamics: Causal loop diagrams; System archetypes

Modelling security management dynamics using system archetypes and causal loop diagrams

Introduction to quantitative system dynamics: Causal structure and dynamic behaviour. Introduction to stocks and flows. Time delays.

Basic system dynamics models of security management.

Pedagogiske metoder


Pedagogiske metoder (fritekst)

Web-enabled course with forum


Vurdering av prosjekt(er)


  • Two multiple choice exams counting each 15%
  • Two individual projects (papers) counting each 35%
  • Each part must be individually approved of


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Utsatt eksamen (tidl. kontinuasjon)

The whole subject must be repeated.

Obligatoriske arbeidskrav

The course requires active participation in projects – both in class and outside class.

Hands-on modelling exercises during class are best carried out in computer lab.

Students are encouraged to bring laptops to the classroom.



Maani, Kambiz E.; Cavana, Robert Y. Systems Thinking And Modelling. Pearson Education. 9781877371035.

Lectures, exercises and projects by Jose J. Gonzalez in Classfronter


IMT4111 Sikkerhetsledelse